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Kos

This quintessential Greek island is peppered with ancient ruins, sandy beaches, and lush vegetation.

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From the Port of Kos: Full Day Boat Cruise to 3 Islands

1. From the Port of Kos: Full Day Boat Cruise to 3 Islands

At 10:00 AM, meet the captain and start the boat journey. First, stop at Vathi, a beautiful village on the island of Kalymnos. Enjoy the magnificent views of a natural fjord and take pictures of the surrounding gulfs and caves. Get 1 hour to explore its peaceful streets, try local sweets and the famous homemade orange juices. Then return to the boat and savor a buffet lunch with pork or chicken Souvlaki, salad, tzatziki, and bread. There is also a vegetarian option with beans and dolmades instead of meat. After lunch, visit the fish farms nearby and try to spot wild dolphins jumping out of the water. Next, stop at Plati islet to jump in the turquoise waters and swim around the boat. Meanwhile, happy hour will start and the barman will serve refreshing cocktails at low prices. The last stop will be Pserimos island. Enjoy 1 hour to explore before returning to Kos at about 5:15 PM.

Kos: Three-Island Cruise with BBQ Lunch

2. Kos: Three-Island Cruise with BBQ Lunch

Embark on a three-island cruise on a pirate-style boat from the port of Kos. Visit three beautiful islands of Kalymnos, Pserimos, and Plati on a full-day cruise. Relax on board, swim in the crystal-clear waters, or use the snorkeling equipment to explore the vibrant marine life in the sea. On some days, you may be lucky to see curious dolphins swim next to the boat. Savor traditional Greek cuisine cooked freshly on board with a delicious BBQ lunch. Choose between chicken, pork, or fish, as well as vegan and vegetarian options.

From Kos: Nisyros Island Volcano and Panagia Spiliani

3. From Kos: Nisyros Island Volcano and Panagia Spiliani

Depart from the port of Kardamena in Kos and take a 1-hour cruise to the volcanic island of Nisyros. Upon arrival, transfer to a waiting bus that’ll take you on a short drive to the volcano. Listen to an informative guide along the way. Get information about the volcano and the history of the island. Then, feel the force of the lava rumbling deep beneath your feet as you enter the volcanic crater. See the bubbling mud pools and steam geysers, and imagine that you have landed on the moon. Return to the port and get the chance to wander around the town of Mandraki. After a short walk through the narrow streets of blue and white painted houses, visit the monastery of Panagia Spiliani, considered one of the most beautiful monasteries of the Greek Islands. Make your way back to town for some free time for lunch (own expense) or do some shopping before boarding the boat back to Kos at 4:00 PM.

From Kos: Independent Day Trip to Bodrum

4. From Kos: Independent Day Trip to Bodrum

After being picked up from the port in Kos, take a stunning boat cruise across the Aegean Sea to Bodrum. Once you have passed through passport control and customs, enjoy a full day to explore this incredible ancient city on your own.  When you arrive in the port, gaze in awe at the beautiful white houses built amphitheatrically on the hillside, dozens of sailboats and yachts, plus one of the most imposing castles in the world. Take a walk along the picturesque streets and admire the architecture. Take in the historical sights and ancient ruins, including the Castle and the ancient Greek city of Halicarnassus, the Windmilles, and the ancient Greek Theatre with 13,000 seats. If you are not a history lover, take a stroll through the small streets and get to know the local cuisine instead. Enjoy a Turkish coffee or tea at a traditional coffee shop, or try 'kebab' and other traditional 'mezedes' and sweet 'kazandibi' - some of the most popular Turkish specialties. After that, head into the really big bazaar for a chance to practice your bargaining skills. Shop for all kinds of souvenirs, folk art, crafts, and clothing. Soak up the incredible lively atmosphere and enjoy the aromas of the spices and local produce. Many stallholders accept euros and almost everyone speaks Greek or English. For a truly Turkish experience, visit a Turkish bath for a little relaxation. Discover how Turkish bathhouses have held a special place in the Turkish culture for hundreds of years. Relax in the steam roam while a highly skilled masseur works away the stresses and strains that have built up in your body during the year. At the end of your incredible day trip, take the boat back to Kos Port in time for your onward journey. 

Scuba Dive Adventure off Kos Island

5. Scuba Dive Adventure off Kos Island

Climb aboard for a scuba dive adventure in the Aegean Sea and complete all the required formalities. Fill out a medical statement, and then set sail from Kos Harbour at 10:00. Head for the small island of Pserimos, and journey between 2 countries as you explore the waters of the Eastern Mediterranean. Get an in-depth briefing about your dive, including how to use the equipment to ensure your experience is safe and enjoyable. Then, dive with 2 instructors in a small group of just 4 people for maximum attention. Put on your wet suit, mask, and fins before getting help from your guide to put on the scuba diving equipment. Get into the water and swim with your group to a small beach where the sea is waist deep. Practice breathing techniques in complete safety, before getting help to breathe underwater with one of your Instructors.  Stay within the confines of the protected bay for gentle dives at a location where the water is never more than 5-6 meters deep. Benefit from the services of guides who are always on hand in the unlikely event that you need any assistance. Kokina Bay is perfect for beginner divers, with clear warm water and lots of marine life to see. Take a break to relax after your dive, and then opt to take a 2nd dive or participate in a PADI Discover Scuba Diving Program. Alternatively, relax on the sundeck and top up your tan, or go for some gentle snorkeling and swimming adventures. If you opt for a 2nd dive, learn more advanced techniques to explore and see more of the marine life of the Eastern Mediterranean. Go for a longer and deeper dive that will allow you to experience the sensation of feeling weightless in the water. Dive without stops to get a real connection with nature. 

Lido Water Park: Transfer and Admission Ticket

6. Lido Water Park: Transfer and Admission Ticket

Spend a refreshing and fun-filled day at Lido Water Park. The program begins with a pickup from your hotel and a comfortable drive to the park. After your arrival you will have plenty of time to explore the facility. Show off your skills in the wave pool, glide down the giant slide, and race your friends or family down the multi-lane water slide. Then experience an adrenalin rush at the Kamikaze slide or on a ride in the Black Hole. If you’re looking for something quieter, enjoy the calmer Lazy River or just relax and soak up the sun in the Jacuzzi. When you’re ready for a break, grab a snack at one of the cafés (at your own expense) or simply relax under the shade of an umbrella. Lido Water Park is great for kids, as it features an Interactive Kids Area — a complex with slides, a rotating water bucket, 6 water pistols, and waterfalls.

Kos Town: Kalymnos & Pserimos Day Cruise & Optional Transfer

7. Kos Town: Kalymnos & Pserimos Day Cruise & Optional Transfer

Depart from Kos Harbor in the morning for a full-day sailing tour north of Kos Island. Relax on board the boat during the 1-hour sail to Pserimos, a small island with only 60 inhabitants. Spend over an hour in Pserimos enjoying the sun, water and lovely views at the sandy beach. Relax in one of the local taverns and fish restaurants, located directly on the beach. Leave Pserimos at 12:30, and sail towards the small island of Plati. Anchor near the coast of the island to enjoy some free time to swim while the crew prepares lunch. Lunch will be served at around 14:00 and consists of traditional dishes such as souvlaki, Greek salad, tzatziki and fruit. Then, sail to Vathy, a fishing village which is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the Dodecanese. Vathy looks like a fiord and lots of people go for a swim in the clear water of Rina. If you dare, there is a diving platform on the cliffside where kids and adults jump off and into the water. Treat yo' self to a mouth-watering, traditional seafood meal in one of the local taverns and you won’t regret it!

Kos: Full-Day Jeep Safari with Lunch

8. Kos: Full-Day Jeep Safari with Lunch

Explore the real Kos on a 7-hour tour in a Land Rover 4X4 vehicle driven by an expert local escort. Drive along unpaved, off-road routes. Continue through dense vegetation, visit places off the tourist track and take in unique panoramic views. After exploring the inland area of Kos, you’ll stop at a traditional coffee shop, where you’ll have a break and enjoy a cup of coffee. The road trip continues to the peak of Mount Dikaios, where you’ll take in some amazing views. Head to a tavern in Zia village and feast on Greek mezedes for lunch, accompanied by local wine. After lunch the tour continues to the peacock park before heading back to the starting point.

From Kos: Boat Tour to the Volcanic Island of Nisyros

9. From Kos: Boat Tour to the Volcanic Island of Nisyros

Climb aboard at Kos for a boat tour to the fascinating volcanic island of Nisyros. Reach the picturesque harbor of the island after about an hour and discover the traditional way of life and authenticity of the island. The bus takes you up a winding road until you reach the largest accessible volcanic crater in Europe. On the way up you will see a rugged landscape with strange trees and shrubs on one side, while you enjoy the magnificent view of the sea and the surrounding islands on the other. Once at the top admire the view of the active volcano crater – four kilometers in diameter – and look out onto a unique lunar landscape. In the afternoon stroll through the narrow streets of the port of Mandraki, enjoy a traditional lunch in one of the many traditional tavernas or visit the famous monastery. Be enchanted by the magic of the island.

Kos: Roundtrip Bus Transfer to Mount Zia for Sunset Viewing

10. Kos: Roundtrip Bus Transfer to Mount Zia for Sunset Viewing

This trip is designed to give you all the freedom you wish to discover Zia on your own terms. Your bus will pick you up from your hotel and after a short scenic drive, will transport you to the city centre of Zia. Enjoy discovering the village by yourself, at your own pace, and without a guide. Zia is an enchanting little village that lies at the base of Mount Dikeos, the highest mountain of Kos island, that culminates at 846m above sea level. The village has kept its traditional feel and has become one of the major tourist attractions of the island. Here you will find many little shops selling local products, arts and crafts. The atmosphere is very relaxed and you will get to sip your drink or dine on a romantic terrace while admiring the most beautiful sunset on Kos. As an extra service, your guide can also reserve you a table at the restaurant of your choice, ensuring your whole evening runs smoothly. You will have approximately 2.5 hours of free time. At the prearranged meeting time, the bus will pick you up from the same place it dropped you off to take you back to your hotel.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,905 reviews

Great day out whilst on our honeymoon in Kos. Captain & team were great, with great humour. Couldn’t do enough for you! A delicious lunch was served & we were lucky enough to spot dolphins!

The crew is top notch, kind, funny and caring. The islands are beautiful, there weren't too many people and we even saw dolphins! Awesome !

Excellent service, waiting at terminal even though flight delayed. Cheery helpful driver. Will use again. Highly recommended

A great ship, an incredibly nice crew and incredibly delicious barbecue (also vegetarian). Absolutely to recommend!

Nice trip around the islands. Nice lunch with a good portion. Super friendly crew.